5 potential right tackle options for Cincinnati Bengals in 2022

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3. Trevor Penning

The only draft prospect on this list is Northern Iowa’s Trevor Penning, who the Bengals have a realistic shot at landing in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. With such a late first-round selection, Cincinnati won’t have any shot at getting guys like Charles Cross or Kenyon Green, but Penning could be a viable option there.

The Draft Network has Penning as their 16th best prospect and notes that he’s capable of playing either tackle position but best projects on the right side of the line. He is really good in run-blocking and this could open things up big time for the Bengals’ run game, which they went away from in the playoffs despite Joe Mixon still being at the top of his game.

There are some worries with Trevor Penning, as there are with any draft prospects. He played college ball at a smaller school, which could be an adjustment he can’t overcome. The Draft Network notes that he struggles when he has to move laterally.

All draft picks have their weaknesses though. Penning is a top prospect for a reason and he’s someone the Bengals could take with the No. 31 pick to be their right tackle of the future.